Journal article

Impact of a genetic diagnosis of a mitochondrial disorder 5-17 years after the death of an affected child.

AC Sexton, M Sahhar, DR Thorburn, SA Metcalfe

J Genet Couns | Published : 2008


This study used in-depth interviews to explore the experiences of parents who were re-contacted with new genetic results many years after the death of a child with a mitochondrial disorder. At the time of their child's illness, parents had consented to a tissue sample being taken to help with diagnosis of a suspected mitochondrial disorder, and subsequently further DNA testing identified the genetic cause. Parents did not express negative feelings about being re-contacted with new information, and hoped that continuing research might help other families. Positive aspects included relief from feelings of guilt over the cause of the child's disorder, and having accurate genetic information ava..

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